Alice Kagunda

Alice Kagunda was the first woman Police Commissioner in Sub-Saharan Africa. She holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Police Management, and is also a PhD holder.

As Senior Deputy Commissioner of Police, Kagunda headed the controversial reform programme geared to humanise the force and improve its public image.

In her over three decades of service she watched helplessly as women’s issues were handled haphazardly due to lack of sensitivity among her male counterparts, which motivated her to write a proposal to her boss to establish gender desks manned by women at every police station.

Before her elevation to the number two slot in the force, she was Deputy Commissioner in charge of complaints at Police Headquarters.

In 2008, she was appointed to the Police Oversight Board, which would report to the Minister on matters to do with internal security and improvement of the police force.

Kagunda was among the 38 candidates interviewed for senior positions at the National Police Service Commission (NPSC).

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